This blog highlights conservation issues we feel are important to fly fishers and others who love outdoor sports, and we cover the latest and most pressing environmental issues affecting wildlife habitat and resource conservation. Orvis believes that, if we are to benefit from the use of our natural resources and environment, we must be willing to act to preserve them. Therefore, the company commits 5% of pre-tax profits to protecting nature.

Deschutes River Alliance: Why It Matters


Written by: Daryl Kenny

On the shore of the Deschutes
Photo by David Moskowitz

Some poignant memories and heartfelt observations from DRA President Greg McMillan:

“The lower Deschutes River is monitored and managed by a complex ménage of
government agencies, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and of course
Portland General Electric.

So what does a group like the DRA have to add…

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1,000 Miles: Reestablishing 16 Miles of Utah’s Otter Creek


The old culvert was undersized and created erosion as well as a seasonal fish passage barrier
Photo by Trout Unlimited

As part of the Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles campaign, Trout Unlimited has been working with the Bureau of Land Management and private ranchers to improve fish passage at culverts and irrigation diversions on the three forks of Otter Creek. Over a dozen fish passage improvements…

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The Sun River: Flows Restored and Friendships Forged


Typical low summer flows on the Sun River near Augusta, MT
Photo by Laura Ziemer, Trout Unlimited

On the arid Rocky Mountain Front, water scarcity is a constant. The Sun River flows 70 miles from its headwaters in the Bob Marshall Wilderness out of the Rocky Mountain Front to join the Missouri River outside the town of Great Falls, Montana. Although rugged in its mountain beauty, it is often called “next-year country,”…

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